Robert F. Schwartz, 76, of Cheektowaga, a retired government defense-contract auditor, died Monday (Oct. 6, 1997) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and received a degree in accounting from Canisius College. He served in the Navy during World War II as a navigator on blimps searching for German submarines off the East Coast.
He worked as an accountant for Bell Aircraft, National Gypsum and Moog from 1951 to 1964, then became a government auditor of defense contracts at Bell Aerospace Textron. He retired in 1982.
He was a member of the Buffalo Ornithological Society, the Get Off Your Seat Senior Citizens of Cheektowaga and the Holy Name Society of Mother of Divine Grace Catholic Church. He was named a citizen of the year by the Cheektowaga Senior Citizens.
He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid hockey fan.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Pauline Dads-well; a son, Jeffrey of West Seneca; a daughter, Christine Mandiak of Williamsville; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Mother of Divine Grace Church, 120 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. Prayers at 8:30 in Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, will precede the Mass. Interment will be in United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.